According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, the Giants have been shopping fourth-year wideout Darius Slayton.
Slayton, a fifth-round draft selection by the Giants in 2019, received a proven performance escalator, which bumped his salary up from $920,000 to $2.5 million in 2022. That is because Slayton played in over 35 percent of the Giants’ offensive snaps across his first three seasons in the NFL.
First-year general manager Joe Schoen is desperate to clear more salary cap space, and Slayton could be looked at as expendable, given his diminished role and impact a season ago.
“The challenge with a trade is other teams can get their own version of Slayton for much cheaper in the draft,” Duggan wrote. “Don’t be surprised if Slayton doesn’t make the final roster if the Giants aren’t able to find a trade partner and their cap situation remains tight.”
Slayton burst onto the scene during his rookie campaign with 48 receptions for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. While he was able to increase his receptions (50) and yards (751) totals in year two, the 25-year-old scored just three touchdowns in 2020. And last season, Slayton’s production slipped, recording 25 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns across 13 games. The Auburn Tigers product has committed 12 drops in his last 29 games.
If Toney sticks around, Slayton would project as the fourth wide receiver on the Giants’ offense, which features Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard, too. This could lead to Schoen and the Giants cutting ties with Slayton regardless of whether they’re able to trade him.
Toney Finally Arrives
Despite skipping out on the first three weeks of new head coach Brian Daboll’s voluntary offseason program, Toney showed up on Monday.
On Friday, April 22, Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News reported that the Giants were open to trading Toney, a first round pick in 2021, after a rocky rookie season.
However, Bobby Skinner of Jomboy Media’s Talkin’ Giants revealed that Toney arrived in New York/New Jersey on Saturday and was in the building on Monday for voluntary workouts.
This was later confirmed by Duggan, who added: “Nothing like some trade rumors to get a player to hop on a flight…”